a very common design for Chinese ladies' clothing. Chinese people
love peony since more than 5000 years and it is the most favoured flower
in China. So peony was choosed as Chinese National Flower. Peony
symbolizes richness and prosperity and you can find it often on an
sexy Asian inspired dress.
people - and other people in the world too - love the Lotus
flower. In Tibet even Lotus is a sacred flower. It is worshiped by
the people of Tibet because it stands for purity and holiness. In
China's culture there is a legend about a Lotus Fairy, an
outstanding beautiful and charming lady who always gave a helping hand to people.
Lotus symbolizes beauty and purity and so you can find the Lotus
motive very often on
Chinese culture Chrysanthemum symbolizes longevity. Therefore
Chrysanthemum is another frequently used motive on Chinese clothes
ancient Chinese culture the fish is a symbol for prosperity: The
pronunciation of the corresponding Chinese character sounds "Yu"
and this means the same as prosperity. You often can find the fish
Chinese fashion to express someones wish for a future
full of prosperity.
(male) dragon is a frequently used motive on clothes of Chinese Mandarin
people. Dragon symbolizes "Supreme
Power". But not only the Chinese emperor wore dragon motives. There had been
some rules about wearing this motive: A facing out head of the
dragon marked the initiation of the tradition for the emperor,
while the most favoured courtiers wore dragons that faced the
onlooker. Other noblemen and officials wore profile dragons.
(female) phoenix was a frequently used motive on
Asia fashion clothes within the imperial family. Actually the
Empress wore Dragon designs often and the Phoenix was worn by
imperial concubines, wives of princes and princesses. Other
important ladies like wives
of dukes, marquises, earls, and first- and second-rank
officials wore tartar pheasants motives. The peacock was the
motive for wives of third- and
fourth-rank officials. The mandarin duck design was for wives of
fifth-rank officials. The paradise flycatcher was used as
motive for the wives of
sixth- and seventh- rank officials. All these are symbols of
beauty and purity.
are other typical motives on Chinese dresses, e.g. the Happiness
Motif, the Longevity Motif, the Five Blessing Motif, Cherry
Blossom, and more.